National healthcare institutes for the elderly
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 01, 2011, 22:22
  
New Delhi: Government plans to set up national institutes in Delhi and Chennai dedicated to research in old age medicines and health care.

"National Institutes of Ageing would be setup at AIIMS, Delhi and at Madras Medical College, Chennai. These two centres would be the premier institute in old age care and medicinal researches," he said.

Speaking at a function here on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons, Azad said the National Programme for Health Care of Elderly (NPHCE) has been formed by the government to take care of the medical needs of senior citizens.

"The NPHCE programme envisages establishing geriatric wards, rehabilitation centres, and geriatric clinics at various levels of the district health care delivery system. The interventions are designed to capture the preventive, curative and rehabilitative aspects in the geriatric field," he said.

The institutes will also have eight regional centres in Delhi, Varanasi, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Guwahati, Chennai, Jodhpur. Each regional centre will get a grant of Rs 30 crore and would be equipped with modern equipment and trained staffs, Azad said.

During last few decades life expectancy has increased substantially and the population of senior citizens has increased four-fold since 1951.

"The number of senior citizens above the age of 60 was 76.6 million as per the Census 2001 which constituted about 7.5 per cent of the total population. At this rate of increase, it is projected to become 173 million by 2026," he said.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, October 01, 2011, 22:22


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